The speech Thursday night by President Obama won’t go down as his best speech, which is reserved for either his acceptance speech in 2008, or his speech on race when he suspended his 2008 campaign. With that being said, I still believe the President's speech is exactly what the American people needed to hear. Accroding to recent polls only 1 in 3 people believe that the economy is better off today then then President Obama inherited this mess. Thus, it was important for President Obama to reassure those watching that he in fact has a plan for our country and our economy. Yes, the President was missing his normal message of hope and optimism but the President is right, our “hope has been tested, by the cost of war; by one of the worst economic crises in history; and by political gridlock that’s left us wondering whether it’s still even possible to tackle the challenges of our time.”
However, what the speech lacked in hope it made up in a clear plan. The President stated:
The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; real, achievable plans that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.
After listing those items the President went through each issue and told us what he wants to focus on in his next term, why, and also the benefit of focusing in each item. In Mitt Romney’s 38-minute speech at the RNC, he made sure it was light on policy details, and that it focused on autobiographical details of his life. Sorry but hearing about Mitt Romney using an ironing board as a dinning room table is cool and all, but it isn’t going to make me vote for him. I wish Mitt Romney would have used his time to present his plan to create much needed jobs, rather then attacking the President. I guess when you don’t have a plan the next best thing is to make fun of the guy with the plan.
President Obama noticed the republicans lack of a real plan and said
They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan. And that’s because all they had to offer is the same prescription they’ve had for the last thirty years. Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations, and call us in the morning.
The choice is clear, unless we want to perish, we need to re-elect president Obama, and lets see his vision through.